June is a month of celebration with weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthdays. With so much to celebrate it’s fitting that June has three birthstones to choose from. Pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite are each unique and remarkable in their own way, and each gemstone will make a great gift this month.
Pearls are organic gemstones created by fresh and saltwater mollusks and are the only gemstone made by a living creature. Pearls form when mollusks secrete a substance called nacre around microscopic irritants that have invaded its shell.
Natural and cultured pearls form the same way, with cultured pearls forming around human implanted irritants.
Pearls are timeless and are beloved by women across ages and cultures. Vice President Kamala Harris is known for wearing pearls at all important life events (such as being sworn in as Vice President).
Pearl Jewelry and Care
Compared to other gemstones, pearls are relatively soft and measure at just a 2.5 - 3 on the Mohs hardness scale. Because pearls can be easily scratched they require special care to keep them from being damaged. Store pearls away from other jewelry to prevent scratching and apply any perfume or cosmetics before your pearl jewelry.
Pearl Meaning and Symbolism
Over the centuries the origin of pearls has fascinated people. Ancient middle-eastern belief was that pearls were teardrops from heaven and ancient Chinese believed that pearls came from the brain of a dragon.
Pearls traditionally symbolize purity and loyalty in the wearer. Because of this unique symbolism pearls are often worn on a wedding day or given as a wedding gift.
The way pearls develop, with layers being added slowly over time, has also given pearls the unique symbolism of wisdom gained through experience.
Moonstone is a type of feldspar and is named after the gemstone’s iridescent which has the appearance of beams of moonlight across the water. The best moonstones exhibit a special blue glow over a colorless background.
Moonstone Jewelry and Care
Moonstone measures a 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale which makes it somewhat resistant to scratches, but it is relatively low on toughness and can crack when exposed to high heat or impacts. Because of this, extra care will need to be taken with a moonstone ring or bracelet.
Native Americans believed that moonstone would appear every 21 years when the sun and the moon were in the correct position. This is where the term “once in a blue moon” comes from.
The symbolism of moonstone closely follows the symbolism of the moon and it thought to signify love, fertility, feminine energy, relaxation, and balance.
Alexandrite is known for having one of the most extraordinary color changes in the gem world. In sunlight, alexandrite appears blue and in incandescent light looks red. This intense color change has given alexandrite the moniker “emerald by day, ruby by night.”
Alexandrite Jewelry and Care
Alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones and is much rarer than rubies or diamonds. Alexandrite is so rare that few people have actually seen a natural alexandrite (unless they’ve been to Park City jewelers of course).
Alexandrite is an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and is resistant to scratches and breaking. Because of its exceptional hardness and durability alexandrite is a great choice for all settings including rings and bracelets. An alexandrite engagement ring would make a special and unique gift for a future bride with a June birthday.
Alexandrite was discovered in Russia and has since thought to bring good luck, good fortune, and love to the wearer.
Its color-changing properties give alexandrite unique symbolism as well. Green is generally associated with peace, growth, calm, hope, and fertility, while red traditionally represents passion, energy, and power. Alexandrite’s unique color psychology provides robust and unique symbolism.
June Birthstone Collection
Park City Jewelry has a wide selection of high-quality pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite jewelry to suit a wide variety of budgets and tastes. Shop our collections and you're sure to find a gift that they'll cherish for a lifetime.
Park City Jewelers also specializes in custom jewelry. One of our four award-winning jewelers can create the stunning one-of-a-kind piece you've been dreaming about.
More and more shoppers are buying their jewelry online, but shopping online poses its own unique challenges. Are the pictures you're seeing online of the actual piece you're purchasing? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is most often no, which can make online jewelry shopping all the more challenging.
Read on to learn about some of the potential pitfalls of online jewelry shopping, and how we work to avoid them.